In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

One of the best drug. Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer . So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed(or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential.

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Hello Doctors, my mum is undergoing chemo (Gemcitabine and Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer. Please advise what food & drinks to increase blood count.

See below. There are no special foods - instead, a balanced diet with protein and vitamins would be ideal. That said, chemo patients should be given the foods they feel they can tolerate. It's likely she won't have much appetite. She should try to maintain her weight. Read more...

My mom has pancreatic cancer that started spreading to liver. Her oncologist not sure if continuing (gemzar) chemo would benefit her. Any suggestions?

Get 2nd opinion. I'm sorry to hear about your mom's diagnosis. Cancer spreading to other organs is not a good thing. If she isn't ready for hospice, get 2nd opinion. 3rd if necessary. Good luck! Read more...
Probably not. Your question implied that she developed liver metastasis while on gemzar (gemcitabine). If so, it is not llikely that continuing Gemzar (gemcitabine) alone will be helpful. She should speak with her oncologist about newer and more promising chemotherapy regimens such as adding nab-paclitaxel or trying folfirinox. Recent studies have shown encouraging results! Read more...